The Bay Area

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Duxbury Reef

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Excellent tide pooling can be had along the 3-mile shoreline of Duxbury Reef; it's the most extensive tide pool area near Point Reyes National...Read More

  • 2. Mt. Tamalpais State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The view of Mt. Tamalpais from all around the bay can be a beauty, but that’s nothing compared to the views from the mountain, which take...Read More

  • 3. Muir Woods National Monument

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    One of the last old-growth stands of redwood ( Sequoia sempervirens ) giants, Muir Woods is nature's cathedral: awe-inspiring and not to be...Read More

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  • 4. Point Reyes Lighthouse & Visitor Center

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    In operation since December 1, 1870, this lighthouse—which was decommissioned in 1975—is one of the premier attractions of the Point Reyes National...Read More

  • 5. Point Reyes National Seashore

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    One of the Bay Area's most spectacular treasures and the only national seashore on the West Coast, the 71,000-acre Point Reyes National Seashore...Read More

  • 6. Tilden Regional Park

    Tilden Park | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Stunning bay views, a scaled-down steam train, and a botanic garden with the nation's most complete collection of California plant life are...Read More

  • 7. Ark Row


    The historic second block of Main Street is known as Ark Row and has a tree-shaded walk lined with antiques shops, restaurants, and specialty...Read More

  • 8. Big Basin Redwoods State Park


    California's oldest state park is the best place to see old-growth redwoods without going north of San Francisco, and it's far less crowded...Read More

  • 9. Half Moon Bay State Beach


    This 4-mile stretch of sand is perfect for long walks, kite flying, and picnic lunches, though the frigid water and strong rip currents make...Read More

  • 10. Hawk Hill


    At 923 feet tall, craggy Hawk Hill is the best place on the West Coast to watch the migration of eagles, hawks, and falcons as they fly south...Read More

  • 11. Indian Rock Park

    City Park

    An outcropping of nature in a sea of North Berkeley homes, this is an unbeatable spot for a sunset picnic. Look for amateur rock climbers, after...Read More

  • 12. Lake Merritt


    Runners, joggers, and power walkers charge along the 3.4-mile path that encircles this 155-acre heart-shaped natural saltwater lake. Crew teams...Read More

  • 13. Main Street


    Tiburon's narrow Main Street is on the bay side; you can browse the shops and galleries, walk with a coffee or gelato, or relax on a restaurant...Read More

  • 14. Marin Headlands

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The stunning headlands stretch from the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Beach, drawing photographers who perch on the southern heights for spectacular...Read More

  • 15. Martin Griffin Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A 1,000-acre wildlife sanctuary along the Bolinas Lagoon, this Audubon Canyon Ranch preserve gets the most traffic during late spring. Quiet...Read More

  • 16. Muir Beach


    Small but scenic, this beach—a rocky patch of shoreline off Highway 1 in the northern Marin Headlands—is a good place to stretch your legs and...Read More

  • 17. Old St. Hilary's Landmark and John Thomas Howell Wildflower Preserve

    Historic District/Site

    The architectural centerpiece of this attraction is a stark-white 1888 Carpenter Gothic church that overlooks the town and the bay from its...Read More

  • 18. Point Montara Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The original Point Montara fog signal station was established in 1875. The lighthouse, which originally stood on Cape Cod from 1881 to 1922...Read More

  • 19. Redwood Regional Park


    Sequoia sempervirens, or coastal redwoods, grow to 150 feet tall in Redwood Regional Park, one of the few spots in the Bay Area that escaped...Read More

  • 20. Stinson Beach


    When the fog hasn't rolled in, this expansive stretch of sand is about as close as you can get in Marin to the stereotypical feel of a Southern...Read More

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